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Likely Stories - Elevate Your Impact

Discover How Organizational Psychologist David Burkus Unveils Practical Strategies to Showcase Leadership Skills in Everyday Tasks, Empowering Individuals to Seize Opportunities and Amplify Team Dynamics.

UNLOCKING LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION AT WORK CAN BE TOUGH. ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR DAVID BURKUS SHARES STRATEGIES TO FLAUNT YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS BY SEIZING OPPORTUNE MOMENTS.

We tend to think in organizational charts. A lot of organizations is less lines and boxes and job titles and more what project are we working on right now. And in those cases, you have opportunities to exercise leadership.

BURKUS HIGHLIGHTS THAT OUR DAILY TASKS PROVIDE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOWCASE LEADERSHIP AND READINESS TO TAKE CHARGE, REGARDLESS OF YOUR CURRENT ROLE.

There is a lot of different ways to demonstrate leadership. The first is just to take responsibility. In other words, new initiatives, new assignments appear, be the one to volunteer for those new tasks.

The second one, and this happens in discussion what have you, is to include other people. I actually prefer to think of this sometimes, is you include other people by amplifying unheard voices when they do actually speak up, so they get the message that they are valued, that their contribution is valued.

Speaking of speaking up, that's the third great way to demonstrate leadership. Are you willing to do certain things to help people see how your voice makes a contribution, how your thoughts make a contribution. You have a specific set of knowledge, skills and abilities, a lived experience or a whole set of things that bring a diversity to your team that needs to be contributed, And sometimes the team isn't seeing things all that differently, in which case you might not have a great idea, but what you can bring is a great question

That goes hand in hand with probably the most necessary one is actually deliver. Actually say what you're going to do. If you say, I'm going to have it by Friday, send it by Friday. Either deliver the result or if you have a problem, communicate that problem. But in either case be the person who is on top of it.

THE BUSINESS REVIEW IS A PRODUCTION OF LIVINGSTON AND MCKAY AND THE HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

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